CPI, CPI(M) offices in Munnar given different treatment: HC

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Kochi, Mar 12 (UNI) The Kerala High Court has expressed displeasure at the state government for giving a ''different treatment'' to the CPI and CPI(M) party offices in Munnar while undertaking the demolition drive against encroachments in the hill station last year.

In HIS order dated February 18, Justice S Sirijagan observed that the state government's replies regarding the 'Ravindran Pattayams' were ''as vague as vague can be''.

The land allotted for the CPI(M) and CPI offices in Munnar were covered by these 'pattayams'.

However, while the petitioners' hotel was demolished, the party offices in Munnar were given different treatment, the judge observed.

The court's observations came while disposing of a contempt petition filed by Ms Sreekumari Kavu and Ms Dhanya Ramaprasad against Devikulam sub-collector Rattan Kelkar and Devikulam tahsildar Ramdas for allegedly demolishing their 'Dhanyasree' resort despite a court stay.

However, the court closed the contempt proceedings, stating that the petitioners could raise all these matters before the bench which was hearing the original petition against the demolition drive.

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